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Reply #15 - Jul 27th, 2010, 3:24am
 
I second Trevor's comment Quote:
I agree with Mark's perspective that recipes aren't that important—for me, they typically serve as a jumping off or grounding point, upon which to improvise.
 I want to track my variations, e.g., Neuchatel or Cottage Cheese in a cheesecake, how much ginger [but not horseradish Smiley] in cranberry relish, when to add garlic or brandy or curry (but not all) to Shrimp Fra Diavolo, prep vs cooking time.  I want text of original recipe (with citation) so that I know where I started ringing some changes.  I like comparisons reported by cooksillustrated.com (& their books), but I cook with a long gap between quasi-repetitions and can benefit from good records.

My primary suggestion for a link: "what goes well with this" [and its complement: "what did not go well"]
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Reply #16 - Jul 27th, 2010, 5:03am
 
why is it americans are obsessed with cheese ?

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(this doesnt go specially to the previous post ! I dont mean to be rude. Its a real question - being French and Greek I dont see the point of having so many things cooked with cheese).
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Reply #17 - Jul 27th, 2010, 6:33am
 
I think it doesn't go back very far, to the 1960s-70s and the increasing popularity of vegetarian/organic cuisine. The U.S. hadn't yet gone through its recent cuisine revolution, and cheese was seen as a meat substitute: literally.

Many dishes, particularly in restaurants, were converted to "vegetarian" by swapping out the "meat" for cheese, which is why there's such a lot of it. It took a while for people to realize that it was probably less healthy for you than the meat is was standing in for.

But hey: Greeks? Aren't you folks the largest per capita consumers of cheese with your Feta? Wink

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Reply #18 - Jul 27th, 2010, 6:49am
 
Thanks for the answer Charles !

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But hey: Greeks? Aren't you folks the largest per capita consumers of cheese with your Feta?


Are we? I didnt know that....  Not so much cooked (except in the tiropita). A lot in salads and only in summmer (the famous "greek salad" which was not a favourite of urban middle classes and called it -still call it "choriatiki" : peasants' salad.

Episis !!
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Reply #19 - Jul 27th, 2010, 9:37am
 
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Greece is the world's largest (per capita) consumer of cheese, with 27.3 kg eaten by the average Greek. (Feta accounts for three-quarters of this consumption.) France is the second biggest consumer of cheese, with 24 kg by inhabitant.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheese

So Greece is number one and France number two!

But all this food talk makes me wish I was in Thessaloniki or Exarchia right now. The Feta in my fridge is a poor substitute...

Amitiés, Charles
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